Moyes stunned by Adkins axe

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Everton boss David Moyes has become used to seeing Premier League managers given the chop but the sacking of Nigel Adkins at Southampton caught him by surprise.

The Toffees will be the opponents on Monday when Mauricio Pochettino takes charge of his first Saints match. The Argentinian was immediately installed in the hotseat after Adkins was shown the door despite successive promotions and with Southampton sitting 15th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone.

Moyes said: "I'm very surprised. I was talking to my staff during the week and complimenting how well Nigel Adkins had done. It was always going to be difficult after two promotions. Anybody who does that coming up, it's a long way up."

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